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  Ireland’s players form a guard of honour for New Zealand at the end of the match. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Warning to offshore Kiwis: return home predicting a New Zealand loss at your peril. Definitely don’t do it on national television. The grief! Before(...)

Michael Cheika, Wallabies head coach, has named his team for Saturday’s match at Suncorp Stadium. Photograph: Jono Searle/Getty Images

Former Leinster coach Michael Cheika has repeated his assertion that his Wallabies side will be facing the best Irish team in history in Saturday’s te(...)

 Joey Carbery has been named at outhalf for Ireland’s opening Test in Australia. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

After handing Joey Carbery what amounts to the biggest game of his fledgling career by making the Munster-bound out-half one of six changes to the sta(...)

Joe Schmidt: ‘We want to make sure this tour is another building block for what comes in the future.’ Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

It is a measure of Irish rugby’s game management system that a near full-strength squad pitched up on the Gold Coast over the weekend in readiness for(...)

Bernard Foley at number 10 is a certainty for Australia. Photo: Getty Images

Clash of cultures. The Australia squad announcement on Fox Sports this morning (10.30am Irish time) allows Joe Schmidt to ignite precise preparations (...)

“To come home from winning a final and be able to play Munster in front of our home crowd at the RDS is something that not many teams get a chance to do.”

Scott Fardy has travelled a circuitous and lengthy route to being a World Cup finalist and European Cup winner. From Sydney and the Waratahs academy, (...)

Isa Nacewa: “He’s got two games left. Two games and that’s it. So there’s still a huge hunger in someone like Isa to get on the field this weekend and get a result.” Photograph: Getty Images

Guy Noves once described winning the double of the European Cup and the French Championship as “impossible”. His own club, Toulouse, had done it under(...)

Leinster supporters during the European Champions Cup semi-final match at the Aviva. Photograph: Sportsfile

Best laid plans Leinster’s signing of Australian international Scott Fardy as a locked in secondrow player has shown how the best laid plans often ne(...)

Leinster outhalf Johnny Sexton celebrates scoring a try in the Champions Cup semi-final against Scarlets at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Greed is good. When asked to describe the revival of a rugby dynasty, Rob Kearney ends up paraphrasing Gordon Gekko. A rare treat followed the most c(...)

Leinster’s Scott Fardy dives for the line to score a try during the Champions Cup semi-final against Scarlets at the  Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Rob Kearney Transferred Irish form back into the blue jersey with hard running – 11 carries for 91 metres – and pressure under high balls. Dodgy atte(...)

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